Saturday, November 22, 2008


The family clique, with the exception of Charlotte and Gary, our usual crowd, planned to meet at Carrabba’s Italian Grill at 5 PM tonight. Gary had a root canal done this week, so he was not up to all our frivolity and cackling! Can’t blam’em, you do have to be in tip-top shape and in the best of moods to keep up!

Anyway, Judy and I left home around 3 so we could stop by Best Buy and H. H. Gregg’s. We have decided to buy a mid-range laptop for travel, and to replace Judy’s aging Freecell and Jewel Quest machine. We began by looking at small 15” models, but have since graduated up to 17”!

We have the best luck! We were looking at a Toshiba at Gregg’s Friday but decided we should do some online research first, and then come back Saturday. We discussed stopping by Best Buy on the way out of Turkey Creek, but decided we could do that on Saturday too!

Turns out, we both fell for an HP – Pavilion at Best Buy tonight, and it was $150 off! However, with our luck they had sold all but a demo model Friday! If we had stopped, I might be sitting here configuring it right now – darn it! I asked the guy to sell me the demo, but he said they would not let him do that, since they had a thousand dollar model that looks just like it externally.

I have searched hi and low tonight and it seems this model was made specifically for Best Buy by HP. The sale is off, there are no rain checks, and it isn’t available anywhere online! So, the only thing I could do was to put the item on my “wish list!”

I’m hoping Black Friday will bring out other deals on AMD 64-bit processor and Vista 64-bit software packages!

Meanwhile, back a Carrabba’s, everyone arrived and the Knights begin ordering Yuenglings, and letting our cute little waitress pour them for us. Dang…can’t remember her name…wonder way! Anyway, I gave her one of my “blogness cards”, so maybe she’ll leave a comment!

The fellowship, as usual, was soul filling, and we all needed a fill-up…it had been a while!

The food was the only thing more filling and, as usual, perfecto! I don’t remember ever having had a bad dish at Carrabba’s.

Our only complaint, and it was because of the size of our group (6), was that we were seated near where the waiters pick up their orders. However, it too had some rewards, at least for us Knights. It was mostly the Dragons with their backs to the action that had less of a reward! I kept waiting for Chef Ramsey to come out of the back and scream some obscenity at some cook! (Just a little inside joke…Judy has gotten me into watching his shows.)

There are so many delicious sounding entrées on the menu that it’s hard to make a decision. Ron, of course, had the Grilled Salmon, fresh from some river in Italy, Judy and Terri had tilapia (Which is the common name for nearly a hundred species of cichlid fishes, so there’s no telling what they really ate!) from the Pacific covered in “wulfe” sauce, and Neena had something involving chicken I’m sure, but Steve and I had the only real Italian dishes.

Steve had the Linguine Pescatore, which is shrimp, scallops and mussels tossed with linguine in a spicy marinara sauce, mmmmm…Mamma Mia! I choose the Chicken & Spinach Cannelloni, which is stuffed with chicken, spinach, garlic, fresh herbs, fontina and romano cheese, topped with pomodoro and cream sauce! All were great choices!

As we left the restaurant, a dark cloud of stench wafted over us, and everyone looked to their right and left. Everyone was blaming the other, so we hugged quickly and left the area!

After we got home, “someone” called and confessed…Gawd; you can’t take a Dragon anywhere!


Moannie said...

OMIGOSH Mushy! That food looks so delicious my mouth runneth over.

Mushy said...

Oh was indeed!

BRUNO said...

" there's no telling what they really ate...", and "Neena had something involving chicken, I'm sure."

Yeah, I think I'll just stick with praying for the "perfect hamburger with everything"! The bun covers most of the "secret-recipe" that way!

As is the way today: "Don't ask, don't tell".....!

Jose said...

Oh wow, another fun filled outing with a surprising endind to say the least. lol I hope you find that computer you looking for. Oh and by the way, I am looking forward to a new season of "Hells Kitchen" and chef Ramsey.

Evan Johnson said...

A root canal will make you feel a bit out of sync for a while..

Your laptop story sounds like what happened to my dad just the other day. They sure see people coming ;-)

"Here's this great model, cheap too - wait we're out of stock but here's this other that boss-man says we're supposed to sell, it looks that same"

- Evan

Byron Chesney said...

Sounds like a great time. I've never eaten at Carraba's before, might just have to try it out.

Mushy said...

I think you'll like it Bryron...the only downside is their choice of draft beers is poor!

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Just order me what Steve had - that'll do for me! Hey, I swear that waitress is my neice - slap her wrists and send her home (she sure knows how to give my sis a run for her money).

And stop showing off about your new SPARE laptop coming up (Hmph, jealous hissy fit coming up here..)

pat houseworth said...

Food, Photos, and story to go with them...Excellent as usual!

Mushy said...

Thanks guys and gals...I love sharing, but mostly I love getting your comments.

~Fathairybastard~ said...

That computer looks COOL! Can you burn CDs with that thing? I don't care about burnin' DVDs.

And we LOVE to eat at carrabba's. They have a few around here, but they're far enough away that we don't get to go too often. Keeps the experience fresh. Love the bread dipped in the olive oil with roasted garlic. From then on it just gets better. The only thing, their beer choices are lame here.

~Fathairybastard~ said...

When it says "Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible media", I'm guessing it means yes, it does burn CDs.

catscratch said...

Food & fellowship! My kinda night!


*Goddess* said...

LOL! I love the way you drag the waitresses into the photos, too:)

Mushy said...

Yes, draft choices is their only flaw!

Yes, it will read and write CDs.

Love fellowship, and the waitress have to be there so they might as well have fun too!

Doesn't look like she's going to leave a comment!